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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Jun 10, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Jay Whelan, Head
Guoxun Chen, Director of Graduate Studies

Burney, J., PhD – Tennessee
Karlstad, M., PhD – Loyola
Raynor, H., PhD – State University of New York (Buffalo)
Whelan, J., PhD – Penn State

Associate Professors
Chen, G., PhD – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
Colby, S., PhD – North Carolina (Greensboro)
Hansen-Petrik, M., PhD – Tennessee
Kavanagh, K., PhD – California (Davis)
Spence, M., PhD – Tennessee
Zhao, L., PhD – California (Berkeley)

Assistant Professors
Anderson-Steeves, E., PhD – Johns Hopkins
Bettaieb, A., PhD – University of Quebec (Montreal)
Donohoe, D., PhD – Louisiana State Health Sciences Center (Shreveport)

Senior Lecturer
Wetherall, K., MS – Boston

Murphy, L., MS-MPH – Tennessee

Emeriti Faculty
Haughton, B., EdD – Columbia
Sachan, D., PhD – Illinois
Skinner, J., PhD – Oregon State

The study of nutrition is heavily grounded in the biological sciences and biochemistry that underlie the understanding of how nutrients and non-nutritive food components contribute to human health and disease. The Nutrition major is designed for students interested in basic and applied health sciences and students are able to pursue one of two concentrations: the Dietetics Concentration and the Basic Science Concentration. Both concentrations include a foundation in the basic sciences and introductory nutrition coursework which is built upon through advanced coursework in nutrient metabolism, nutrition in disease prevention and treatment, community nutrition, and interpretation of nutrition research literature. The Dietetics Concentration additionally includes coursework in nutrition counseling, food science, and foodservice management that prepares graduates to apply for dietetic internships and careers as Registered Dietitians (RDs)/Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). The Basic Science Concentration includes advanced coursework in the basic sciences to prepare graduates for graduate study in biomedical health sciences and, with additional coursework planned with an advisor, provides a solid background for application to health professional programs. Students interested in preparing for both dietetic internships and other health professional programs should choose the Dietetics Concentration.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Requirements for Transition to Upper Division

Students who have completed 45 hours of coursework and are on track to enter term 5 of either the Basic Science Concentration or the Dietetics Concentration curriculum must complete orientation followed by an application for transition to upper division courses and faculty advisor assignment. Applications are due February 1 and August 1 and are available on the CEHHS Office of Advising & Student Services website Students must follow the curriculum and complete the prerequisite requirements on schedule in order to complete the degree program on time. Missed prerequisites may delay graduation by at least one year. In order to graduate with a major in nutrition, regardless of concentration, students must earn a grade of C or better in every required nutrition course plus in prerequisite courses where noted.

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